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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Reminder to Students Following Cooking Fire

17/09/2012

Five students living in shared accommodation on London Road in Newcastle managed to escape a house fire thanks to an early warning from their smoke alarms.

"Fresher’s week has now begun so there will be many new students moving into their accommodation so we’d like to remind them to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their new homes."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

Two crews from Newcastle were called to the property at just after 4.32am on Saturday morning.

On arrival there were four men and one woman waiting outside and smoke could be seen coming from the ground floor of the three-storey property.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "Five students occupy the premises and told us that food may have been left unattended in the kitchen. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to investigate and found that a pizza inside the oven had ignited.

"The pizza was removed and the property was then ventilated by firefighters. We had a chat to the occupants regarding the importance of remaining in the kitchen whilst cooking and not leaving cooking unattended, particularly late at night following a few alcoholic drinks.

"Fresher’s week has now begun so there will be many new students moving into their accommodation so we’d like to remind them to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their new homes. Smoke alarms should be tested weekly – if you’re in student accommodation with others why not make a rota to take it turns to test the smoke alarms each week?

"We’d also encourage people to grab a takeaway on the way home from a night out as well and refrain from attempting to cook whilst under the influence of alcohol – it isn’t worth the risk, don’t make fast food your last food."